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An Educational Systems Engineering Model for Leadership Engineering

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Developing Systems Engineering Curriculum, Part II

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Systems Engineering

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22.166.1 - 22.166.17



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Ricardo Pineda University of Texas, El Paso

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Dr. Ricardo L. Pineda holds Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees from Lehigh University and a B.Sc. degree from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He has over 25 years of experience in Systems Engineering in different industries ranging from Research and Development at Bell Labs to Chief Technology Officer at AT&T in Mexico. He was a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff (DMTS) at Bell labs where as a Systems Engineer he worked on requirements and the architecture of new services and technologies in the AT&T Network. He was the Chief Technology Officer for the definition, development, implementation and deployment of the AT&T Services and Network in Mexico. He was also Siemens Business Services (SBS) Practice Director for Latin America where he was the main consultant in systems implementations in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil. Dr. Pineda has extensive experience in Academia; he was a Professor at ITESM in Monterrey, Mexico and at the “Universidad de Los Andes” in Colombia and currently at the University of Texas at El Paso. His current Research projects include: PI for “Energy Security Microgrid Large Scale Energy Storage (LSES)” for Raytheon-Energy Solutions, PI for “Prognosis & Resilience Design for Complex SoS” with Raytheon-IDS, PI “SOS Global Attributes to Design Space Mapping” and “Technology Refreshment Assessment Model” for LMC-Aero, and PI for the “TMAC El Paso del Norte-Region” for the MEP program sponsored by NIST.
Dr. Pineda was nominated by AT&T Bell Labs to receive the “U.S.-Hispanic Engineer of the year Award”, received the “AT&T Architecture Award” and has received the “Baldwin Fellowship” and “Gotshall Fellowship” awards.
Currently he is at the University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP) where he is the Systems Engineering Program Director, the Director of the Research Institute for Manufacturing and Engineering Systems (RIMES) and the Chair of the Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering Department.
He is a member of INCOSE, IEEE, IIE, ASEE, and ISACA.

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John E. Weaver Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

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Dr. Weaver received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his bachelor’s degree in Physics from Rhodes College. He has worked in the space and aircraft industries for 39 years.
John was responsible for the development of the avionics and software architectures on the C-130J, the C-27J, and the C-5M. He is an emeritus Lockheed Martin Technical Fellow and a Certified Enterprise Architect. For the past six years, Dr.Weaver has been the engineering Director of Air System Design and Integration at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company.

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Oscar H. Salcedo University of Texas, El Paso

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Practicing engineer who has started three businesses in both U.S. and Mexico. Oscar has worked for 15 years in private industry and 15 years in education. Currently at the University of Texas, El Paso. Bachelors degree in Mechanical Eng and just completed (Spring 2011) masters degree in Political Science.

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Jose Luis Falliner The University of Texas, El Paso


Richard T. Schoephoerster University of Texas, El Paso

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Dr. Schoephoerster is the Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Texas, El Paso, where he leads a College of over 3,000 students (including approximately 500 graduate students) in 17 different B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree programs, and 80 faculty members in six different departments with approximately $25 million in research funding from local, state, and national agencies and companies.

Dr. Schoephoerster received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in 1985, and his M.S. (1986) and Ph.D. (1989) in Mechanical Engineering, all from the University of Iowa. In 2008, he was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.

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An Educational Engineering Model Leadership EngineeringAbstractThis paper describes current efforts at the Research Institute for Manufacturing and EngineeringSystems (RIMES) to define create and implement an academic model to foster systems thinkingand to enhance experiential or practice-based education by allowing team work on “conceptslides” and application of principles being learned. Experiential education is defined as theinteraction between learner and teacher as they integrate the learning environment and contentinto direct experience. The paper presents how Academic, Research and TechnologyDevelopment programs are brought together at different levels to foster multi-disciplinary workand end-to-end systems thinking and to close the gap between engineering academic researchand industry applied research needs. The paper details our approach to experiential educationwhich leads to systems thinking development, where interdisciplinary teams assigned byprofessors work classroom projects which accounts for a significant percentage of the finalgrade; it also explains how industry is engaged to allow student participation in developmentaland research projects. Finally we will discuss the business model for our approach and how tomanage the industry relationships, client-service provider interactions, and the University’scommitment to contractual deliverables.Key words: Engineering Education, Multidisciplinary Engineering, Systems Engineering,Engineering Leadership, Systems Engineering Research

Pineda, R., & Weaver, J. E., & Salcedo, O. H., & Falliner, J. L., & Schoephoerster, R. T. (2011, June), An Educational Systems Engineering Model for Leadership Engineering Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17447

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